Puerto Rico’s financial oversight officials are backing away from commitments made to bondholders as the economic damage from the coronavirus becomes clearer, according to people familiar with the matter.

The board overseeing Puerto Rico’s finances has concluded it won’t have a sufficient surplus to cover bondholders’ settlement payments under its current debt-adjustment proposal.

The board, which sets Puerto Rico’s repayment terms, is considering trying to renegotiate the proposed settlement and avoid sparking litigation with creditors, people familiar with the matter said.

SOURCEThe Wall Street Journal